Aboriginal Healing, Historical Trauma
"How many times have you heard, 'What is WRONG with that person?' There is nothing wrong with that person, things are HAPPENING or have HAPPENED to that person." Dr Carlie Atkinson
Miriam Rose Ungunmeer collaborated with Producer and Director, Pip Gordon of The Gathering Tree with support from DLUX Media and Djilpin Arts in Katherine, with original music composed by Michael Kokinos, in producing a short teaser film about Dadirri - A Gift To The Nation.
What is Sharing Culture?
Sharing Culture is a unique human rights initiative to help Indigenous peoples heal from historical trauma and its consequences (e.g. mental health problems, addiction, suicide), as well as the impact of other adversities, e.g. social and economic disadvantage, experiences of paternalism and racism, and ongoing grief.
Sharing Culture is being developed by David Clark, an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, in close collaboration with filmmaker Michael Liu. They are supported by an international network of 40 Advisors/Healers, the vast majority of whom are world-leading experts in their respective fields.
Sharing Culture is based on the core values of authenticity, connection, courage, creativity, empathy and forgiveness. We adopt a strengths-based, solution-focused approach that celebrates success and cultivates positivity, acceptance and cultural pride. In addition, we use principles known to facilitate healing.
Sharing Culture is building educational and storytelling resources that (1) empower Indigenous people to heal, (2) help create environments in which healing can flourish, and (3) reduce barriers to healing (e.g. racism, paternalism) in wider society.
This website uses Indigenous voices to help educate society about trauma and its impact, as well as Indigenous healing and culture. You can read or watch Healing Stories. David blogs on the website.
The Foundation of Our Approach
Sharing Culture recognises that healing from trauma (and its consequences) requires empowerment and connection, and a culturally safe environment. Indigenous people must connect to their culture, land, spirituality, family, community and history to facilitate healing.
Self-determinism is the central foundation of healing. Indigenous communities, families and individuals must own and control their healing process. An holistic approach to health and wellbeing is key, one which incorporates the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental.
Personal and Community Healing Stories empower people by providing hope, understanding and a sense of belonging. Stories of healing initiatives help communities learn from each other, whilst Cultural Stories engender pride and facilitate cultural connectedness.
Indigenous and non-Indigenous people must come together to facilitate the healing of Indigenous people. Indigenous knowledge and understanding is key to helping create a society where people have an improved wellness, are more environmentally aware, and are more respectful, caring and empathic towards their fellow man, no matter what his or her culture.
Why not take a Website Tour? Please check About Us and our Testimonials. And our Facebook page for links to other important information. Finally, please read the beautiful, inspiring letter that David received from Rembarrgna traditional healer Miliwanga Wurrben.
"In the cathedral of the wild, we get to see the best parts of ourselves reflected back to us." Boyd Varty, a wildlife activist, shares stories of animals, humans and their interrelatedness, or "ubuntu" - defined as, "I am, because of you." And he dedicates the talk to South African leader Nelson Mandela, the human embodiment of that same great-hearted, generous spirit.
'NAIDOC 2016: Person of the year - Professor Chris Sarra' by Karina Marlow
"The schools we create must be places that Aboriginal children and parents can connect with. They must be places in which it is OK to dream great things. They must be places that say to children, 'I believe in you.'"
Top Blog Postings
Cultural Education Introduced in Katherine Primary School
"I hope that this experience opens the door for more Traditional Learning opportunities and that someday in the near future, the value of traditional cultural education across Australia, as taught by Elders in the community, is recognised, valued and funded, for all our children now and in to the future." Pip Gordon
The Impact of Colonialism on a Young Aboriginal Australian
However, both took a joy-ride that led to their being taken out of the family and placed into a system that managed Aboriginal people, because it viewed their culture and Aboriginality as inferior, and requiring of alteration - even eradication.
'How To Hold Space Instead of Fixing People' by Dina Strada
Try to withhold from telling people what will work for them or how to fix their problem. Allow them to talk it through until they uncover their own truths. It’s way more meaningful and powerful for them when they can discover what is authentic for them on their own instead of being told what to do.
Negative impact of colonisation on Indigenous culture and lifestyles
Fractured relationships led to lost opportunities to learn how to be a father, husband, son, etc. and lost opportunities to share that wisdom with their family and young people in the community. They lost the opportunity to observe and learn from Elders so they could pass on ways of conducting oneself in relationships that fostered meaningful connection rather than just control.
Relationships, Connection and Healing from Trauma
As a result, recovery from trauma and neglect is also all about relationships - rebuilding trust, regaining confidence, returning to a sense of security and reconnecting to love… But healing and recovery are impossible - even with the best medications and therapy in the world - without lasting connections to others.
The Elders Report
The Elders’ Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm and Youth Suicide brings together the voices of Elders and community leaders from across affected communities that wished to speak publicly about the causes and solutions needed to address this issue.
The Kimberley: Like Nowhere Else On Earth. Help Protect It.
Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing
Indigenous people have a holistic view of health and wellbeing that incorporates the physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, social and environmental. It does not just focus on the individual, but also on the health and wellbeing of the community.
Recovery Stories: 'sister' website
Anna’s Recovery Story: ‘Should I or shouldn’t I?’
Through his heroin addiction and recovery, Anna’s brother has taught her so much about life, including the most valuable lesson she could ever learn - you can get through anything.
‘Recovery and Renewal’ by Baylissa Frederick
Recovery and Renewal is essential reading for anyone trying to withdraw from benzodiazepines and anti-depressants. In fact, it of considerable value to anyone recovering from dependence and addiction.